The Out Patient Department (OPD) admissions in All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi has been suspended for 14 days with immediate effect. The decision was announced to utilise the available inpatient beds for hospitalisation of seriously ill emergency patients in the hospital.
However, patients can walk in to seek medical advice and counselling at the routine OPD services, said AIIMS Medical Superintendent Dr D K Sharma.
“In view of the need to optimise usage of available inpatient beds for hospitalisation of seriously ill emergency/semi-emergency patients, it has been decided to temporarily stop routine OPD admissions to general wards as well as private wards in AIIMS hospital and all centres with immediate effect for a period of two weeks which will be reviewed after that,” said Sharma in a circular issued 1st September.
The move came after Delhi recorded more than 2,000 cases of coronavirus on 31st August and 1st September which were the highest recorded single-day spikes in the last two months.
Delhi is now among the top six Indian states to have the highest number of coronavirus cases in the country. As of 2nd September, Delhi recorded 1.77 lakh cases and 4,462 deaths from coronavirus.